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@MSU Newsletter | August 2008



Our special program with Speedway will save you HUNDREDS of dollars on gas

    The MSU Alumni Association is striving to add value to its membership benefits offerings, and we're thrilled to announce the recent addition of two new members-only benefits.  One of them, which you'll want to take advantage of immediately, is a special deal we've worked out with Speedway that will allow you to save HUNDREDS of dollars each year on gas. We're also launching our Legacy program, a membership designed especially for young Spartans age 0 to 16 — what better Legacy is there than that of a child? Remember, you must be a member to take advantage of these new member benefits. If you are not yet a member, consider joining us now.  Call 877-MSU-ALUM or join online.


In its third year, the three-day educational camp proves to be a huge success

Some students learn to play the violin at Grandpar

    This summer’s Grandparents University at MSU—a three-day educational camp for 8- to 12-year-olds and their grandparents—drew a sellout number of 820 participants from 31 states and 3 countries. The camp offers participants a college experience, complete with classes and a sampling of campus highlights. It was launched three years ago by MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Natural Science, and the School of Packaging Alumni Association.  Today it is co-sponsored by 12 MSU Colleges, the MSU Alumni Association, MSU Extension 4H Youth Development, and the School of Packaging Alumni Association.  . . . more.


Leaders to help the university land the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

     A united Michigan campaign is underway to help MSU win a national competition for the $550 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy.  The Anderson Economic Group estimates that the facility, if located at MSU, could bring in $1 billion in economic activity and 400 new jobs to Michigan, and generate $187 million in new tax revenues in 20 years. The group includes U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and U.S. Reps. John Dingell and Mike Rogers.  Richard K. Studley, president of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and Mark Gaffney, president of Michigan AFL-CIO, are also members.  “We are preparing a tremendous proposal that shows Michigan can provide the scientific, educational and management edge for this major research facility,” says President Lou Anna K. Simon. 


MSU chemists created a greener technology for making compounds

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      Two MSU professors have received national honors for their work on pollution prevention.  Chemistry professors Robert Maleczka and Milton Smith have earned the 2008 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  They helped create a method for making complex compounds that is environmentally friendly.  As a result, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and similar complex substances can now be manufactured with minimal waste and impact on the environment. “Our technology makes the process more efficient and produces only hydrogen gas as the byproduct,” Smith says. Smith and Maleczka received $1.38 million through Michigan’s 21st Century Job Fund.


For people suffering from cancer pain and those who support them

     MSU physician Karen Ogle is one of the driving forces behind a new web site developed to help people suffering from cancer pain and those who support them.  The site offers information and resources for those suffering from pain, their health care providers and policymakers. While it does not provide individualized health care advice, it equips patients and families to ask the right questions and advocate for relief of their pain more effectively. “This is a comprehensive, interactive web site devoted solely to cancer pain management,” says Ogle, a professor of family medicine at MSU and president of the Michigan Cancer Pain Initiative. 


Cost is only $4,890 pp, including airfare between Seattle and Alaska

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      Experience the beauty of Alaska’s Inside Passage and the fellowship of Spartans on this MSU Alumni Association sponsored cruise from May 17-24, 2009.  You will observe humpback whales, bald eagles, sea lions and brown bears in their natural environment while seeing Alaska’s stunning wilderness.  Throughout the tour you will be accompanied by skilled specialists and naturalists who will educate you on Alaska’s fauna and flora.  Click here for more information or call Lindblad Expeditions at (888) 773-9007.  Click here to request a 2009 travel catalog.  

Spartans on the Move


New U.S. ambassador is a well known architect, philanthropist and marathoner

     Yousif B. Ghafari, MBA ’92, founder and former chairman of Ghafari Associates, LLC, an architectural firm based in Dearborn, has been named U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia.  He was nominated by President George W. Bush in December, 2007, confirmed by the U.S. Senate in April, 2008, and sworn in last May.  Amb. Ghafari is considered one of Detroit’s leading philanthropists.  In 1995 he was named one of the Top 100 “Executive Heroes” in southeastern Michigan.  In 2005, Wayne State University named a residence building Yousif B. Ghafari Hall.  He is an enthusiastic marathoner and has run in Boston and Detroit.


Daniel Bradley will be Indiana State University's 11th president

    Daniel J. Bradley, '73, Ph. D. ‘78, president of Fairmont State University, has been named president of Indiana State University.  Since Bradley became president of Fairmont State, WV, in 2001, the institution grew substantially with more than $100 million in construction projects. He previously held a variety of positions at Montana Tech of the University of Montana. "I feel very honored to have been selected to serve as ISU's eleventh president,” says Bradley. "Public higher education is in a state of great change. The need to respond effectively to this rapidly evolving landscape will require hard work, imagination and entrepreneurship.”  Born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Bradley immigrated with his parents to California when he was seven years old.  He is a veteran of the US Army.  


Packaging Hall of Famer recognized for innovations and leadership

     Brian Wagner, ’84, co-founder of Packaging & Technology Integrated Solutions, LLC,, a packaging consulting firm in Kalamazoo, has been recognized as a 2008 Thought Leader by the West Michigan Business Review.  Wagner is a member of the MSU School of Packaging’s Hall of Fame.  He began in 1984 as an associate packaging technologist for General Foods Corp., then worked for Burger King Corp., Carton Craft Corp. and Multiform Desiccant Inc. In 1996 he was named packaging manager of business development for Sara Lee Bakery. A year later he joined the staff of Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, serving as a senior project leader and manager of global cereal packaging innovation. He co-founded PTIS in 2001 and the Global Sustainability Solutions Inc. six years later.  Wagner serves as a member of MSU’s national alumni board.


Award is given by the Legal Aid and Defender Association

   The Legal Aid and Defender Association has bestowed its 2008 Pro Bono Service Award on attorney Daniel J. Canine, '95, a partner in the Troy office of Bodman LLP.  "Dan is a skilled attorney who is committed to the idea that all of us should have access to our justice system, even if we do not have the money to pay an attorney," says Lynda Krupp, managing attorney of Legal Aid and Defender's Private Attorney Involvement unit, who presented the award to Canine at the annual meeting of the Oakland County Bar Association June 11. Canine, of Royal Oak, is a graduate of MSU’s James Madison College.

Sports News


MSU taps a Lansing native who was MAC Coach of the Year

    Jake Boss Jr., Eastern Michigan head baseball coach, has been named MSU’s 16th head baseball coach.  He replaces David Grewe, who left for LSU.  Last season Boss guided the Eagles to their second consecutive MAC crown and first NCAA appearance since 2003 and was named the 2008 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year.  From 2004-07 Boss was assistant coach at the University of Michigan, helping lead the Wolverines to two Big Ten crowns and three straight NCAA appearances.  A native of Lansing, Boss says,  "When I started coaching at the collegiate level 13 years ago, my goal was to come back to East Lansing as head coach of the Spartan baseball program, and I am very excited for this opportunity.”

Guest Column

Remember MSU With A Charitable Bequest

By Dan Chegwidden, Director, MSU Office of Gift Planning

     Ever considered helping your alma mater via a charitable bequest through your will or personal trust?

     Gifts provided through wills and personal trusts have actually become the foundation of the American philanthropic tradition.  The vast majority of planned gifts established for and ultimately received by Michigan State University are the result of charitable bequests established in one’s will or personal trust.  Such gifts enable MSU alumni and friends to make significant contributions that may not have been possible during their lifetime. 

     Charitable bequests may be created to provide a predetermined gift amount, a percentage of one’s assets, or a residual gift if heirs predecease the donor.  A charitable bequest can be directed for the academic, cultural or athletic program of your choice at MSU; for scholarships, fellowships, faculty support for every college and academic department—the designation possibilities at MSU are plentiful and exciting.

     We invite you to contact the gift planning professionals within the MSU Office of Gift Planning for assistance in preparing precise bequest language addressing your charitable intent and plans for Michigan State University.  We can help you effectively incorporate your philanthropic goals and interests within your estate planning documents.  The phone number for the MSU Office of Gift Planning is 517-884-1000.

     Appreciation and Recognition: If you have not done so, we encourage you to make your future commitment to MSU known to us so we may acknowledge your future gift and include you in the appropriate major donor society.

     The MSU Office of Gift Planning will be pleased to assist you and offer additional information on how your planned gift may qualify you for membership in one or more of our major donor societies.  Your membership will make a powerful statement to other Spartan alumni and friends who may be considering future support of MSU through their charitable estate plans.  Our toll-free number is (800) 232-4678 or (517) 884-1000; ask for the Office of Gift Planning or contact the director of development for the college or program your charitable bequest will remember and support. 

     Michigan State University abounds with excellent students, faculty, staff, and programs deserving of your support.  Consider MSU when fulfilling your charitable interests and aspirations.  So much can be accomplished when we, as a Spartan “family” of alumni and friends, invest in the future of Michigan State University.  The State of Michigan, our United States, indeed, the world will reap the benefits and prosper from your vision and generosity.